What Should You Bring To A Protest?
How to stay safe while fighting for what is right
For the past week, since may 25th when George Floyd was murdered there have been non-stop protests and riots all over America. In response, the police is responding with excessive violence, they are using tear gas on innocent people, rubber bullets, beating and arresting thousands.
Although the risk, people choose to go out and fight for equality, fight for a change. Here is what you need to bring with you if you are going to protest and want to stay as safe as possible and be able to treat yourslef and others when needed.
Pretty obvious, but super important.”There’s a good chance that your protest will include a march. Temperatures are climbing across the country, and you’ll likely be chanting, so you need to pay attention to proper hydration. Carry drinking water. Bring the biggest bottle that you can fit in your bag. Water can also be used to clean wounds and flush the eyes of anyone who’s been hit with chemical gas or pepper spray.”
A FACE MASK
First of all, the corona is still here. Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask! Second, covering up your face (and any identifiable marks and items) will shield your identity from cameras and police surveillance.
A HAT AND/OR SUNGALSSES
“Aside from shielding you from the sun during a long day of marching, hats and sunglasses can obscure your face from surveillance and protect your privacy.”
You are going to be there for hours, bring a few snacks that will keep you full and energised! You should bring small snacks that won’t burden you throughout the day. Bring some extras to share with the other protestors, they deserve it.
If you’re detained, not having your ID on you might keep you stuck for longer. Sometimes you won’t have to show your ID so if you want to keep your identity extra mysterious, leave your ID at home.
pouring milk into eyes is the go-to method for clearing eyes when being tear gassed — just like when you drink a glass of milk after eating too many spicy Cheetos, it works the same way.
Your credit card can be followed, don’t make it easy for them to find you!
Don’t wear makeup because the tear gas will stick to the chemicals in it and make the situation worse!
Cover as much of your face as possible, ultimately protestors should wear goggles to fight against tear gas!
Be aware of undercover cops, usually they have some kind of mark to let other cops know that they should protect them. Obviously those marks are not published to the public, but sometimes it either gets leaked or other protestors will catch on and let the world know.
Stay updated about curfew time! Sometimes they will post a certain time at the beginning of the day and then change it while everyone is protesting so they won’t be aware. Many innocent people have been hurt by that, be careful!
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